Sunday, March 29, 2009

VSS 10th anniversary and promoting vegetarianism in Singapore schools

Yesterday Vegetarian Society Singapore had it's 10th anniversary and Annual general meeting. With the new commitee members, it was really heartening to see the many new ideas and plans being developed and excuted. Among these amazing developments, what stood out to me was the development of the Singapore tourism board brochure for vegetarian food in Singapore (good news for tourists!) as well as the plans to introduce of a vegetarian burger in one of the food stalls in Raffles Institution. We were showed a picture of the burger picture it looks so super delicious that I can't wait to try it, in fact, those who have tried it said it was good. The burger patty is made out of mushrooms and not the usual mock meat and this burger alone fueled the whole room with excitement and ideas on its promotion in schools were injected into the discussion like a flowing stream. With the introduction of familiar food first, progress can be made towards introducing more fruits and vegetables in the diet of students.

The promotion of vegetarianism in Singapore schools is still in its infant stage. VSS held exhibitions and talks in schools and now is moving towards encouraging consumption of healthy vegetarian food in schools. I really hope Singapore principals and teachers will be open to the concept of vegetarianism, and not brush it off with preconceived myths that it is unbalanced and makes you weak. What will really make us weak are our clogged arteries, high blood sugar levels, and the many kinds of illnesses that plague us as we age. This is the reason why the foundation of good health needs to be build in our youth.

Though we may not be opened to very new ideas that are not yet introduced around the world, vegetarian options are not alien to many schools in the west and also in the tertiary institutions in Singapore. It is perfectly fine to introduce this as a healthier choice in Singapore schools, as well as to make lives of vegetarian students easier.

Back to the AGM...The best thing to forward to about these meetings is of course, and ALWAYS the food served :)

This time, we had a vegan cake baked by Halimah which tasted so amazingly non-vegan but yet is cholesterol and dairy free.


Aside from the cake we had brownie catered from wholesome living


And the traditional vegan buns and bee hoon... (sandwiches were not vegan)

7 comments:

Crystal @ Blog*Spot said...

Great to hear this :)

dreamy said...

yea is ur son gg there?

Anonymous said...

My son bought the burger and I ate it at 7+pm. Even after such a long time and out of shape by the time it reached home, it was real GOOD.

One of his classmates find it VERY delicious and purchased again on the next day. But one without even trying, says it is shit!

He was upset that most didn't even bother to listen when he trying to market the burger, they all went to other stalls leaving his short speech half finish ... maybe the rest were too hungry and already had what they wanted to eat in mind before the recess started.

Anyway, he told his teacher about this promotion thingy, so the teacher suggested that his group can also come up with something on veg food for their research study on vegetarianism, so it can be accessed in another way. I will let him figure out by himself how things works ...

It was a good experience for him anyway ...

This is a VERY GOOD idea that VSS is having ... and there are plenty of room to expand ... If only more teachers or principals can support the idea of healthy food need not be bland/tasteless and the ’curb the global warming burger’ to fight global warming as one of the normal items on their canteen or for event for special events like Earth Day, Vesak Day for missionary school etc...

The mindset of the general public on Veg*nism is still a VERY BIG TASK to tackle ... Sometimes, I wonder how others like Supreme Master etc can do so well in this field but not Buddhism which had so much supporting good reasons …, it seems it can only reach up 2 days per month semi-veg and not further than that (not talking about going fully veg*n but semi veg)

In one of exhibition, a non-vegetarian was helping out. Even though the person is promoting but deep down it is not convincing that veg*n diet is OK (the iron issue or just a …) and even discourage the kid to go fully into it even the kid is ready. If I haven’t been a veg*n for long and have full confident in this diet, most likely I am convince to be a semi vegetarianism after that short talk …

Cheers : )

Anonymous said...

Here's the recipe for this SUPER DELICIOUS vegan Potato Sandwich. It was SO delicious I kept stuffing myself till I almost exploded! I even 'tapaued' for the night. Find a vegan bread or use lettuce as a wrap to accompany this salad :-q

http://shebakesncooks.blogspot.com/2009/04/potato-salad-sandwich.html

Vegemight

dean_bracher@yahoo.co.uk said...

This all looks really good and a great way to show people the beauty and taste of vegan food. Welldone and i wish i lived in singapore right now. Keep up the good work and yes all this dairy, meat food is just an example of the ease of being vegan and ethical about life.

shoeper girl said...

hi,

I was just wondering if you could give me advice on how I can get my hands on some vegan desserts (like ice cream, cake) in Singapore? I have a BBQ this saturday (yep, pretty urgent) and have a vegan guest, and don't want her to be deprived of goodness!

please contact me at shoepergirl@gmail.com

your help is very much appreciated :)


thank you,
Amanda

Audrey said...

i want to be a vegetarian chef...do you know some vegetarian Cullinary school in Singapore?...Please send to audreliious_15@yahoo.com

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